India, Politics

Govt clears Delhi Police Chief Alok Verma for CBI chief despite Congress opposition

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma was on Thursday appointed as the next chief of the Bentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

His appointment was approved for a period of 2 years by a three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members. Newsd was the first to report Verma’s appointment two days ago.

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 Reports suggest that Verma’s selection was opposed by Mallikarjun Kharge because Verma lacked experience and government doesn’t spend enough to study the profile of all three candidates. The post of CBI director was lying vacant for over a month following Anil Sinha’s retirement onDecember 2.
Alok Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer, is AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre officer and has served as the Director General of Tihar jail.

Verma’s name was proposed by the government on grounds of seniority and supported by the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

Conventionally, the CBI Director is selected by a panel comprising of PM, CJI and the opposition leader.

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